A Sense of Wonder – The Sea, Sailing & Saying Goodbye

A Sense of Wonder – The Sea, Sailing & Saying Goodbye

There are very few experiences that can top a good day of being on and in the sea.  It’s the stuff novels and movies are made of.  Scenes I never dreamed would be my reality.

Sail into any port here in French Polynesia and I dare you not to pinch yourself.  I have said it before and it’s worth repeating: the landscapes alone are worth crossing an ocean to see.

sailing up to moorea french Polynesia

So, you can imagine that dropping the hook in such a striking place, and then slipping into the ocean is like entering another world.  It sparks a sense of wonder that is highly addictive.

It’s our last few days with mom on board and I think it’s safe to say, she is hooked.

Also, consider this your fair warning, we can’t be held responsible for any wanderlust sparked after hitting the play button.  Because these are the dreamy days that keep us going when we’re up to our elbows in boat work or parked in front of our laptops for 12 hours straight.

I don’t know what that was like for you, but every time I watch I am a bundle of sentimental feelings.  It tugs on my heartstrings and creates a longing to replicate the experience with every family member I have…and then some.

I want to bottle up the day she arrived, when the first whale breached, to being eaten by mosquitoes in a Jurassic world, all the way to the last sherbet colored sunset.  I want to bottle it up and pass it around like it’s free moonshine at Burning Man.

Sherbet Colored tropical sunset in tahiti

Because days like these are food for the soul.  These are the moments and the memories that make the hard work, sacrifices and dollars spent, worth it.

So, tomorrow when we are elbow deep in editing, cracked fiberglass, rusty bolts, delaminating windows, leaky hatches, moldy ceilings and a dead refrigerator.  We’ll have these moments playing on repeat, reminding us what we’re working towards.

family sailing and SUP adventures in the south pacific
family sailing adventures in the south pacific
nikki wynn freediving adventures in the south pacific
jason wynn freediving adventures in the south pacific
mom freediving adventures in the south pacific

What about Nikki’s Family?

That is the question we’ve received ever since Mary arrived.  So, for those who don’t know…here is the short story:

I haven’t seen my mother since I was three.  I don’t know much about her other than she struggled with drugs and was a magnet for trouble.

My father was a wild child as well, but I had a rock-solid grandmother who raised me and is responsible for the person I am today. Her name was Loydas and she passed away many years ago (but is with me every day).  I have a sister, Brooke, who is ten years younger than I am.  She is working hard to grow her photography business and is a single mom.  So, escaping to visit us is not really in her budget (time-wise or monetarily).  Thank goodness for facetime and whatsapp!

I am close with my extended family but haven’t been able to convince any of them to visit us yet (you know how it goes, short on time and money). We did join my aunt and uncle for this fun adventure though: gonewiththewynns.com/halloween-hackin


Jason’s family is an adventurous bunch and we’ve created a lot of memories together over the years.  Here are some worth checking out:

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  • Artists Used In This Video: Giants and Pilgrims / Oliver Michael / Ziv Moran / Phototaxis / Muted


  • Dates: August 9 – 11, 2018
  • Nautical Miles Sailed:  14  Moorea to Tahiti
  • Anchorage: Marina Taina,Tahiti, French Polynesia